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Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Josephine Angelini
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Book Description

"A Must Read Romance. This is one of the best books I've read this year. It has everything a book should have: action, adventure, violence, a butt-kicking heroine and one hot hero." --USA Today

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergiesmake it increasingly difficult to live a normal life, and after a completely humiliating incident ruins her first (and perhaps only) real party, she's ready to disappear.

"Come and be the most powerful person in the world."
Suddenly, Lily finds herself in a different Salem. One overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women--including Lillian, this world's version of Lily.

"It will be terrifying. It was for me."
What made Lily weak at home, makes her extraordinary here. It also puts her in terrible danger. Faced with new responsibilites she can barely understand and a love she never expeceted, Lily is left with one question: How can she be the savior of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

Editorial Reviews


A Must Read Romance. This is one of the best books I've read this year. It has everything a book should have: action, adventure, violence, a butt-kicking heroine and one hot hero. (USA Today, Happily Ever After)

Angelini creates an escapist fantasy infused with magic and romance, while taking up themes of science gone wrong and humans' endangerment of the world and their environment. The ways in which the two worlds mirror one another provide emotional resonance and fascinating possibilities for subsequent books in the Worldwalker trilogy. (Publishers Weekly)

The likable Lily is guided by strong convictions, and a startling conclusion will have readers anticipating the next chapter in the Worldwalker trilogy. (Booklist)

Readers will be swept into the inner workings of crucibles and witches and left eager for more . . . a richly drawn world of keenly devised magic. (Kirkus Reviews)

Angelini's latest series opener combines the best elements of a magical fantasy with hints of sci-fi, history, and romance. (School Library Journal)

A compelling, intricate world, a swoony romance, and a memorable cast make this one a blazing success. (BCCB)

About the Author

Josephine Angelini is the internationally bestselling author of the Starcrossed series, and a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in Los Angeles with her screenwriter husband and three shelter cats.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1324 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 125005088X
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (September 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witches like you have never seen them before! September 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Trial by Fire is a book filled with so many awesome elements. Not only are the characters fantastic, but the plot is original and the concept is thought provoking and utterly cool! It reminded me on an episode of the Big Bang theory where Sheldon is talking about an infinite number of universes and an Infinite number of different Sheldons. That is the world you get introduced to in Trial by Fire. Lily Proctor is in our world, and then she isn’t. She is taken to a different world where a bunch of people are familiar to her, but everything else is so very different. Magic exists and witches rule. But that is only the beginning. Josephine Angelini does an incredible job of blending science with magic. These are witches, or crucibles as they are called, like I have never seen them before. I love that their magic stems from converting elements and substances that they take in from their surroundings.

The book starts out in our world, but Lily quickly leaves and the rest of the novel takes place in Lillian’s world. Some of the characters up front confused me. I have no idea why Lily had a crush on her world’s Tristan. I know they were best friends, but I didn’t even get the vibe that he was a very good friend. He just seemed like a royal jerk. And the other character that confused me was Lillian. I know she is painted to be this power hungry killing machine, big bad villain. I do get why people would think that, she was hanging everyone in sight. But from her passages and her interactions with Lily, I just didn’t get a completely evil vibe from her. I know she is holding back a lot of information, and a small part of me wants it to be a great justification so I don’t have to dislike her. Because I don’t hate her yet. I can’t wait to find out more about her character in the next book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. September 24, 2014
By Ari
Format:Kindle Edition
Terrible. Completely terrible for a number of reasons.

I actually really liked the Starcrossed series. I thought Helen and Lucas were engaging, and had good chemistry. Lily and Rowan- not so much. Lily was terrible, for starters. When I read the book, I kept wanting her to be a Kaitlyn Fairchild type character (old school L.J. Smith character from Dark Visions trilogy), but instead she was Meghan Chase from Iron fey. Whiny, annoying and missing the obvious everywhere she went. Rowan wasn't as bad, but that was only because he was bland. There wasn't really much to him. A major thing that bothered me was the interaction between them. They would be having a slight disagreeing (mostly because Lily was annoying and pretentious. The whole "I'm vegan and yes that means I'm better than you" was ridiculous) and suddenly, with very little escalation, one of them would suddenly start screaming at each other. Overreaction, maybe?

The plot was obvious. Halfway through I knew exactly how it was going to end. Surprise surprise, I was right.

Also- can we move away from the 'hot-guy best friend finally noticed me only for him to then be discovered in a compromising situation with heartless slut and leads me to make poor, life-altering decisions with disastrous consequences' plotline? It's a little played out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking Read September 19, 2014
Oh gosh I loved Trial by Fire so much there was parallel universes, a mixture of medieval with modern times, magic and science and it seems like a lot and trust me it was a lot of information to take in but very thought provoking and not a dull moment once during the entire book.

Lily was a fantastic character. She was a very hard individual to sway she believed what she believed and stuck to it. Lily was strong and at times a little hasty with some of her decisions that put her in very dangerous situations but even then she fought hard and I loved her for it. I really enjoyed who she became once she left the world we live in where she was weak and fragile and went to the alternate version where magic is the key to everything not science, it was interesting how everything that made her weak in our world made her incredibly powerful in the other version.

Most of the story is told in Lily's point of view but every once in a while we get point of views from other key characters that help us learn more about the alternate world she is thrown into. I especially like the point of view from the other version of her (Lillian) which helped develop her character to where she wasn't just one dimensional.

Another character whom I loved so much was Rowan. Lily doesn't have a Rowan in her world but there is one in this one and he is just perfect. He has flaws and a very broken past and I don't know he is just one of those characters you have to meet to know why he is just so freaking perfect. We also meet the other version of Tristan who was very likable too bad Lily's Tristan was an ass which is why I am interested to see how thing play out with the Tristan in her world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting new series September 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
**4.5 STARS**

Trial by Fire caught my eye because of the book cover. My first impression was that this was going to be a book with a strong heroine and I am happy to say I was right. I was so surprised with this story that I couldn’t put it down.

Trial by Fire is about Lily Proctor, a teenager in Salem that is suffering from life-threatening allergies. But after an embarrassing and heartbreaking event with Tristan, her best friend and longtime crush, she wishes she could disappear. And her wish comes true by being transported to an alternate universe.

In this alternate universe Lily meets her doppelganger, Lillian, who is a cruel leader. She also meets doppelgangers of Juliet, her sister, and Tristan. Stories about alternate universes can be tricky and sometimes confusing. So in the beginning of Trial by Fire it was hard to keep the doppelgangers straight. But after reading more of the story I became comfortable with the different characters. I really liked the heroine Lily. Even though she was always sick in her universe she was determined to not have that stop her. She wanted to enjoy life while she can instead of getting pity from everyone. Once she enters the alternate universe she has less allergy reactions and becomes stronger. Lily’s main focus is on getting back home but when she meets Rowan Fall her plans change. Rowan Fall is a great character. He starts out as a mysterious and mean character. But as the story progresses we learn his backstory and get a better understanding of him. I really liked how the author developed this character and his relationship with Lily. It slowly built from dislike and mistrust to admiration and hopefully to something more.
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More About the Author

Josie was born in a tiny town in Massachusetts called Ashland. When she meets people from Massachusetts and tells them 'what part' she hails from, she usually gets one of two answers. The first is: "Isn't that in Oregon?" And the second is: "I drove by it once on Rt. 9, I think."

Her next stop was about as different from Ashland as it gets without leaving the country. As soon as Josie was legal, she packed a bag and moved to New York City to attend NYU. Somehow, she managed to squeeze in a little higher learning between bartending shifts and graduated with a BFA.

Massively in debt with college loans, she then moved to Los Angeles for reasons that are still a little blurry. Something about the weather was mentioned, and a vague idea to write poetry and find herself. She found that she is a terrible poet, but she never gave up on the writing bit.

Josie still lives in Los Angeles with her husband and now writes YA fiction.

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